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Ethereum (ETH) price prediction 2022
Ethereum to be worth US$14,412 by 2030.
We reveal why our panel thinks Ethereum (ETH) will be worth US$1,711 by the end of 2022 before rising to US$5,739 by 2025. And while holding ETH until 2030 may prove fruitful, our panel thinks there are lean times ahead in the short term, expecting ETH to bottom out at $675 before the year is out. All prices mentioned in this report are in US dollars.
Finder currently measures expert predictions of the future ETH price using two surveys. Our weekly survey asks a rotating panel of five fintech specialists whether they are bullish, bearish or neutral on ETH for the two weeks ahead. Our larger quarterly survey, last conducted in July 2022, asks a panel of 53 industry experts for their thoughts on how Ethereum will perform over the next decade.
Ethereum price predictions for 2022, 2025 and 2030
Ethereum will jump from its current price of US$1,339 to US$1,711 by the end of 2022, according to Finder.com's panel of fintech specialists.
Our panel's predictions for ETH going forward have considerably lowered since the start of 2022. Back in January our panel predicted on average that ETH would be worth $26,338 by 2030, which fell slightly in the April report ($23,372) and now sits at $14,412 in July.
The market is going through a prolonged downtrend and Ethereum isn't the only coin our panel is becoming more bearish on, both for short- and long-term predictions. The difference between our panel's July 2022 prediction for ETH in 2030 is roughly 45% lower than it was in January. Their prediction for Bitcoin (BTC) is 23% lower in July than in January and their prediction for Cardano (ADA) is down 89% over the same span.
Managing director of Digital Capital Management Ben Ritchie says that just like Bitcoin, ETH will feel the impacts of the macroeconomic environment. Ritchie sees ETH closing out 2022 at $1,800, which is a touch above the panel average of $1,711 based on the fact that ETH serves as the preferred rails for decentrd applications. He goes on to say that:
"Since Ethereum's correlation to Bitcoin is still high, we can speculate that if Merge happens before the year-end, its price may decouple. However, the outside economic factor is vital, bringing hurdles to the short-term price action. We also estimate that the Ethereum price will reach as high as $15,000 in 2030 due to the upcoming upgrades to the ETH's tokenomics, such as deflationary emissions and scalability. The big speculation is whether it will outperform and "flip" bitcoin in the medium to long term."
Joseph Raczynski, a technologist and futurist for Thomson Reuters, says ETH will end 2022 worth $2,000 based on its utilization.
"ETH is still positioned as the best for success. The Merge is not priced into it. The platform it created still supports hundreds of billions of dollars in transactions and value, with thousands of tokens. At this stage, Ethereum is still the blue blood of the crypto world."
Jeremy Britton CFO at Boston Trading.co also mentions the stranglehold that ETH currently has on decentrd applications but gives a below-average year-end prediction of $1,600, as he doesn't see ETH's dominance continuing, saying "if Bitcoin is digital gold, then ETH is digital oil. It's the fuel used by up to 80% of altcoins and smart contracts. However, ETH has several competitors in the space, and we feel that its number two spot may not hold forever."
Ethereum's competition is a sticking point for many panel members with Charles Morris, the chief investment officer for ByteTree, also pointing out that, unlike BTC, ETH has competition when giving his end-of-year prediction of $1,500.
"The Merge" is also a popular topic with the panel. Ramani Ramachandran CEO and cofounder at Router Protocol projects ETH to close out 2022 at $1,800. He says that while a lot of what happens with ETH's value going forward will depend on broad market conditions, "ETH will have its run after more rollup chains get attention and The Merge concludes."
Carol Alexander a professor of finance at the University of Sussex is bullish on ETH's price in the short term saying it'll hit $3,000 by the end of 2022 and that ETH's price is "very much linked to the success of The Merge, which should happen as soon as possible."
Asher Tan the CEO of CoinJar sees Ethereum hitting $2,000 to close out 2022 and is cautiously optimistic:
"All eyes are on The Merge when it comes to ETH. While the claims of 10k ETH and a triple halving event feel like the exuberance of the late bull market, there are more obvious catalysts for Ethereum price appreciation than there are for Bitcoin — presuming that the CeFi meltdown doesn't claim too many more victims."
The bottom is yet to be hit
ETH is currently worth $1,339 but the panel predicts it'll sink further before rebounding to close out 2022, with the panel expecting lows of $675. That's not to say they don't see it bouncing back, with the panel also seeing ETH top out at $2,673.
Should The Merge be postponed?
Over three-quarters of the panel (83%) say The Merge shouldn't be postponed until crypto is out of the bear market, with only 4% saying postponing would be a good idea.
What The Merge means for the future of ETH
The overwhelming majority of the panel (78%) say The Merge will have a positive impact on ETH's price. However, there's some conjecture over exactly how long it will take for it to have an effect.
Around a third (29%) say that the positive effects will be immediately felt after The Merge happens, with about a quarter (24%) predicting its impacts will be felt three months after the event and a further 13% saying it will take six months.
The remaining panel members are split in two camps: those saying it will be a year before the effects are felt (11%) and the 22% who don't see The Merge having any impact at all.
Mortaza Tollo, the cofounder and CEO of Elbaite, says that while it's "hard to predict a short-term price after The Merge, there might be a case of buy the rumor, sell the news, so in the lead-up to The Merge prices might rise by up to 25% but decline shortly after."
Buy, sell or hold ETH
The panel is fairly evenly split between now being the time to buy (43%) or hold (41%) your Ethereum, with only 16% saying it's time to sell.
Julian Hosp, the CEO at Cake DeFi, says that ETH is a "buy for the long term." Daniel Polotsky the founder and chairman of CoinFlip also says that ETH is at a discount thanks to the bear market.
"Bitcoin, while still being a risk asset in the eyes of the general population, is still the most trusted blockchain among all cryptocurrencies. That means that people will flock to it over other, more speculative blockchains in times of unrest. What this means is that more speculative, growth-oriented blockchains like Ethereum will be on a steeper discount during the bear market, presenting potential buying opportunities for investors."
Meet the panel
Ethereum price prediction for two weeks' time
Each week we ask our expert panel's verdict on the Ethereum price in a fortnight's time. When asked this week, 2 were bullish (down 1 from last week), 3 were neutral (up 2 from last week) and 0 were bearish (down 1 from last week) about the price of ETH for the week of 17 October 2022.
What to consider when buying Ethereum?
Ether (ETH) is money within the context of the Ethereum blockchain. All interactions with smart contracts on Ethereum require fees to be paid with ether. So one critical metric to look at when considering whether or not to buy ETH is Ethereum usage statistics. Metrics such as daily number of transactions, number of active wallets, and Total Value Locked (TVL) are all important factors. They give investors an indication as to whether or not now is a good time to invest.
Additionally, ether has recently become a governance token as the entire Ethereum network is transitioning from a proof of work, to proof of stake based blockchain. This means that ETH is able to be locked within the network for a chance to produce the next block. One number worth observing over time is the total amount of ether that is being staked. That number exceeded 9 million ether in January of 2022.
Ethereum Market Analysis
ETH is the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization behind bitcoin. Although market cap does not necessarily indicate market maturity, the market for ether is well developed from a global perspective. For example, ETH is traded on virtually every centrd exchange, and has even been incorporated into other blockchain ecosystems as "wrapped ether" (WETH). This level of proliferation and accessibility speaks to the level of maturity that ETH has attained as a digital asset.
As Ethereum is a public blockchain, metrics and statistics can be gathered from looking at an Ethereum block explorer. Metrics such as transaction volume, total value locked (TVL), and the movement of large amounts of ether can aid in predicting significant market movements. This entire field of monitoring publicly available blockchain data is called on-chain analysis.
All traditional market indicators such as the relative strength index (RSI) and moving averages (MAs) can still be used to analyze the ether market. For investors and traders, having access to more data is better as it can be used to build confidence into decisions. However, analysis of markets is not a perfect science, even with additional optics provided by the analysis of blockchain based statistics.
Ether followed the rest of the cryptocurrency market and got off to a poor start to 2022. Having fallen from its all-time highs of $4800 USD set in November 2021, ether is trading between the range of $3,000 and $3,800. A major milestone for ETH2.0 staking was reached in January, having more than 9 million ETH staked. This has the potential to breathe new optimism into investors as more of the tradable supply is locked away and no longer being traded.
What is upcoming on Ethereum's roadmap?
The biggest update coming to the Ethereum network in the near future is an upgrade dubbed "The Merge". After this upgrade takes place in Q2 of 2022, Ethereum will have officially become a proof of stake based blockchain. This means that Ethereum miners will no longer be able to use their GPU mining rigs to mine ETH and find new blocks. All governance and consensus will be provided by those who stake ETH on Ethereum 2.0.
Sharding is an upgrade to Ethereum that is currently anticipated to be delivered sometime in 2023. This upgrade is the final step to upgrading Ethereum to ETH2.0. Sharding is said to provide much more scalability to Ethereum in general. With sharding, nodes on the network will no longer need to process transactions for the entire network, instead nodes will be dedicated to their own independent chain.
This means that Ethereum will be separated into a number of smaller chains which report transactions and data to a central core chain (the beacon chain). This will mean that hardware requirements for running an Ethereum node are drastically reduced as nodes can run a smaller portion of the network instead of being required to contribute to the entire blockchain.
Ethereum Layer-2 Solutions
A multitude of layer-2 scaling solutions have popped up in the last 2 years due to demand for more scalable ways to use ether. Ethereum is currently plagued by high transaction fees, and low scalability in terms of transactions per second. Although these layer-2 solutions are not explicitly "upgrades" to Ethereum directly. They can be thought to enhance the Ethereum ecosystem as a whole as they create more ways to use and interact with ETH and associated assets. The most notable Ethereum layer-2 solution is Polygon (MATIC).
If you're considering buying ether (ETH) then it is worth taking a holistic look at the entire ecosystem. The upgrades coming to Ethereum, the integration of ETH into traditional marketplaces in the form of ETFs, and the use of ETH in peripheral blockchain are all contributing factors to the success of ETH as a financial asset.
Offering a word of caution to investors, the ETH2.0 network upgrade has been in progress for several years with update deadlines coming and going. An analogy for the upgrade is that ETH2.0 is like upgrading a plane while it is in flight. It is a technically difficult thing to achieve, and thus comes with technical risk with outcomes that are not easy to know or predict with certainty. The development team behind ETH2.0 are rightfully taking their time to manifest a working version of the protocol. These delays however present their own set of risks. The longer that ETH2.0 takes to be delivered, the larger the opportunity competing blockchains with a DeFi and NFT ecosystem have to capture market share away from Ethereum.
While these risks speak to the technical risk of Ethereum as a technology, they don't necessarily speak to the development of ETH as a financial asset. Ether as a tradable digital asset is free to develop independently of the Ethereum blockchain to an extent. Should there be a critical failure with Ethereum due to the implementation of ETH2.0 this would surely send ripples into ETH markets.
Ethereum Analysis Frequently Asked Questions
How much is Ethereum worth in 2025?
It is difficult to predict with certainty what the price of ether will be in 2025. If current price trends continue, then 1 ETH could be worth as much as $10,000 USD. However this is dependent upon Ethereum keeping its status as the dominant platform for DeFi and NFTs.
Is Ethereum a good investment?
Whether or not Ethereum is a good investment depends on your time preference, and the outcome of Ethereum's launch of ETH2.0 in a timely manner. If you believe in Ethereum's fundamentals, its dominance, and you're planning on holding for a long period of time, then Ethereum may be a good investment for you.